Monthly Archives: May 2014

Happy Mother’s Day guest blog by Kelvin Rodrick

We asked Kelvin, one of our scholars, to share with us a story about his mom and the lessons she has taught him.



In the mornings my mom helped me get ready for school. After school, in the evenings I would ask her a lot of questions. She wasn’t able to attend High school. After her primary education she started to look for a job but she didn’t succeed.

Back in her home town there was a sewing machine, but no one knew how to use it. So she taught herself to use the machine and started to sew gowns for young girls. Her brothers and sisters would laugh at her because she wanted to be a seamstress, but she did not care.

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Orion Elementary’s 7th Annual Fun Run!


Orion Cheza Nami Assembly 2014We are very lucky to have the amazing support of teachers, parents, and students over at Orion Elementary School. This past April, Orion held their annual Fun Run and fundraised $3,000! Here is what Orion teacher and Asante Ambassador Jennifer Loewen had to say about the importance of students being activists in their community and being global citizens.

1: How did you become involved with Asante Africa Foundation?
About seven years ago I went to a performance and presentation at the Redwood City Library where Hellen, Asante Africa’s former Program Manager in Kenya, and Sabore, a Kenyan Maasai tribal warrior and cultural ambassador, were talking about their culture. I was very moved by their stories and wanted to get involved.

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Young Leaders Making a Difference Beyond their Classroom


In January we met Jenny. Jenny, a student at San Jose’s Yerba Buena High School showed a keen interested in getting involved. Undaunted by her inexperience with fundraising, she reached out through our Youth in Action Contact form. She demonstrated not just initiative in volunteering the resources of her school club, Yerba Buena Pride, but also an enthusiastic inquisitiveness to understand the process of raising money to purchase desks for students in Africa.

Jenny asked all the right questions and with help from The Tenacious Group, a local non-profit, developed a plan and assembled a team. They split up duties and delegated tasks such as researching schools in need of desks, fundraising strategy, and publicizing their project. With the goal Continue reading

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Volunteer Appreciation Month Blog Post # 5: by Wilson Perez

Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Volunteers who give their time, energy, and skills are a vital part of achieving our goals helping to promote quality educational access and leadership development for children in East Africa.

Our volunteers are key contributors to our success in a number of positions. Wilson is one of them, and we would like to recognize his amazing job in elevating our online presence. He shares his personal experience and reflects on why people should volunteer with Asante Africa Foundation.


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Why Asante Africa Foundation over other nonprofits?
I wanted to work in an education-related nonprofit again, but I was tired of after-school tutoring programs and community centers. When I found out about Asan Continue reading

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